October 17, 1933 ~ February 17, 2021

Born in: La Veta, Colorado
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

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Jose B “Joe” “Bennie” Vigil, 87, passed away Feb. 17, 2021. Survived by loving wife of 64 years, Hermelinda Vigil; children, Herminia Vigil, Jose “Joe” (Tina) Vigil, Marchell (Brett) Snyder, Dan (Wanda) Vigil and Nadine (Manny) Gonzales; grandchildren, Brandon, Sarah Vigil (Treyben Letlow), Breanna (Tyler Jordan), Christopher, Emily Snyder, Tinisha (David) Arguello, Daniel “Danny V” Vigil, Elliana, Ginae Gonzales, Bryanne (Danny) Knecht and Ashlee (Michael Wroe) Roush; great-grandchildren, Joseph, Jeremiah, Jacob and Jordan; special niece and husband, Edo and Eri Domenech; siblings, Anthony Vigil and Sophie Franco; sister-in-law, DeeDee Vigil; brother and sisters-in-laws; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents, Jake and Geneva (Castro) Vigil; brother, Robert Vigil; and in-laws, Miguel and Concepcion Gonzalez. Jose was born on Oct. 17, 1933, in La Veta, Huerfano County, Colo. and graduated from Central High School 1953. He retired from a civilian career in Dietary/Food Service at the Colorado State Hospital and Department of Corrections, Territorial Prison. Jose was a Korean/Vietnam veteran retiring after 28 years achieving the rank of First Sergeant/E-9, United States Army/Army Reserve. His greatest accomplishment was his family. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his familia. He was an avid outdoorsman with a passion for hunting with his sons. A dedicated bowler and enjoyed a round of golf. Jose was a lifetime member Knights of Columbus Council #557 Past Grand Knight and former member 4th Degree Faithful Navigator, member of the Fraternal Order of Moose #19 held office as Governor, former member; Eagles 145, The Retired Enlisted Association #20 and Boy Scouts. Viewing, 4 to 6 p.m. followed by Rosary, 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Funeral Mass, 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, at St Mary Help of Christians, 307 E Mesa Ave. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of food and flowers, please donate to St Mary’s Prayer Garden, 217 E. Mesa Ave., Pueblo, CO 81006 or St Jude’s Children Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Livestreaming and online condolences at www.MontgomerySteward.com


Viewing: February 22, 2021 4:00 pm - February 22, 2021 12:00 am

Montgomery & Steward Funeral Chapel
1317 N. Main Street
Pueblo, CO 81003


Rosary: February 22, 2021 6:00 pm

Montgomery & Steward Funeral Chapel
1317 N. Main Street
Pueblo, CO 81003


Funeral Mass: February 23, 2021 11:00 am

St. Mary Help of Christians Church
217 E. Mesa Ave.
Pueblo, CO 81006


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  1. CandleImageDeedee Vigil (wife of brother Robert Vigil ) and son David & Dawn Vigil ..(Godson) Our sincere condolences to the Vigil family.

  2. Joe was such a sweet man. I loved seeing him at the bowling alley on Friday nights. My condolences to Hermilinda and all the Vigil family., Joe will be missed…

  3. Prayers for the Vigil family especially Hermelinda. So
    sorry for your loss. But your loss is God’s gain as he
    enters heaven. WIll offer mass for him and Vigil family.
    God Bless

  4. CandleImageI will always remember my Uncle/Godfather Bennie smiling. I will always remember him being happy and a positive person in my life.

  5. I first met Ben 54 years ago when Herma was the Fiesta Day queen coordinator. I was immediately welcomed into their home. I attended various family functions and gatherings.Ben and Herma were witnesses at my wedding and later became Godparents to my eldest son. Ben was a sweet and caring person and will be missed by all. Love to you, Compadre and may you rest in peace.

  6. CandleImageUncle Bennie at the young age of 23 became the father figure to an 8 year old girl when he married my Aunt Herma. He was an important part of all the events of my life. He taught me how to dance because he went to Arthur Murray School of Dance, that’s why he was such a good dancer. Everybody loved Uncle Bennie, he was such a good man and will truly be missed.

  7. My compadre Ben was my mentor in life..he was the man I had to meet to ask him for my wife edo’s hand in marriage. I was petrified to meet him…it was the best life event that ever happened to me..We became the best of friends..I emulated his way of being and followed all his good advice…I joined the reserves with him,we bowled for over 40 years in same team, we golfed, fished and belong to the same civic organizations.He was my shining light in life and I will forever miss him dearly.

  8. CandleImageWe will miss you greatly, Jose. Thank you for welcoming me into your family all those years ago when I married your daughter Marchell. I’ve always considered you my Dad. We will miss you greatly but will remember you fondly.

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